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  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., (in green), watches as President Barack Obama signs the Farm Bill at Michigan State University on Feb. 7, 2014. (Courtesy David Kosling/USDA)

    Growing Influence, part 1: A long list of at least 600 companies and outside groups spent millions of dollars lobbying on issues related to the Farm Bill, fighting for pieces of the nearly-trillion dollar legislation.

  • K Street in Washington D.C. has long been known as the home to powerful lobbyists. Hundreds of companies and groups lobbied to influence the 2014 Farm Bill. (Creative Commons)

    Growing Influence, part 2: Hundreds of outside groups and companies lobbied on issues related to the 2014 Farm Bill. But thanks to opaque lobbying disclosure laws, it’s nearly impossible to know how much power each group wields and what they were ultimately able to accomplish.

  • The invasive Palmer amaranth plant is spreading across the country. Some strains are resistant to common herbicides, complicating a farmer’s job. (Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)

    The invasive weed Palmer amaranth is spreading through the country, leaving Midwest farmers worried about their fields. But with herbicide-resistance a growing concern, farmers are having to explore new methods for weed control.

  • Two cowboys lift a mutton busting participant onto a wooly sheep at the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede rodeo. (Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media)

    Take your average rodeo but subtract the buckin' bronco and cowboy. Add in a wooly sheep and a 6-year-old. You'll have mutton busting.

  • Kurt Rosentrater, center, and Mamun Ur Rashid, in blue shirt, meet with workers at a feed mill in Bangladesh as part of a project designed to improve fish feed in the developing world. (Courtesy Kurt Rosentrater)

    An international aid program is trying to fight global hunger by leveraging the knowledge of U.S. land grant universities and exporting agricultural know-how from the Midwest to the developing world.

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The same technology used at crime scenes to link a stray hair to a suspect can also find medications in milk and meat. And the use of sophisticated testing is becoming increasingly available for livestock producers, who stand to lose lots of money if their products are tainted. 

The state of Missouri recently created a new class of health care provider meant to help rural residents find quality medical care: assistant physician. But medical groups are split on its benefits.

Growing Influence, part 3: The 2014 Farm Bill pumped billions in new money into the crop insurance program. During the bill's drafting process, many crop insurance industry groups spent a total of tens of millions of dollars to lobby the bill.

Growing Influence, part 2: Hundreds of outside groups and companies lobbied on issues related to the 2014 Farm Bill. But thanks to opaque lobbying disclosure laws, it’s nearly impossible to know how much power each group wields and what they were ultimately able to accomplish.

Growing Influence, part 1: A long list of at least 600 companies and outside groups spent millions of dollars lobbying on issues related to the Farm Bill, fighting for pieces of the nearly-trillion dollar legislation.

The invasive weed Palmer amaranth is spreading through the country, leaving Midwest farmers worried about their fields. But with herbicide-resistance a growing concern, farmers are having to explore new methods for weed control.

Take your average rodeo but subtract the buckin' bronco and cowboy. Add in a wooly sheep and a 6-year-old. You'll have mutton busting.

Bringing visitors to the farm is worth a lot to many farmers. But in some areas, state laws and insurance regulations are standing in between visitors and profits.

With local food hot on restaurant menus, many chefs are going beyond the grocery store and getting acquainted with where food is really produced - the farm. At one Chef Camp in Illinois, a dozen chefs got a first-hand look.

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